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Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 30

Mar 30, 2020

Madrid Desk.- Here is a roundup of stories around the world related to the coronavirus pandemic:

RUSSIA: Authorities in Moscow, epicentre of the epidemic in Russia, imposed a mandatory quarantine of 15 days on its population after widespread non-compliance with a voluntary confinement order last week. The city has reported 1,226 cases, two thirds of the total number in the country, which was at 1,836 and nine deaths after a surge of infections in the last 24 hours.

UNITED KINGDOM: British and German engineers have manufactured a device that allows patients to be treated outside intensive care units, University College London announced. Developed jointly by UCL, University College London Hospital and Mercedes Formula One, the device supplies oxygen to the lungs without the need for a ventilator. Budget airline EasyJet has indefinitely grounded its entire fleet of planes due to the «unprecedented travel restrictions».

GERMANY: The country has repatriated 175,000 nationals and 1,900 citizens of other nationalities who were stranded by the crisis on a total of 145 aircraft. The government has said it will not lift the lockdown until at least April 20 and 26 per cent of companies plan to reduce working hours in the next three months, the highest level since 2010, the Economic Research Institute reported.

SOUTH KOREA: A South Korean diagnostic solutions company reported that it has received authorisation to export more than 1.3 million test kits to Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and the Dominican Republic.

SLOVENIA: The government has tightened movement restrictions, with residents only allowed outside to go to work, and made masks obligatory in public spaces as the country’s infections rose to 730 and 11 deaths.

INDIA: The number of dead due to the coronavirus in India has reached 29, with the deadly disease infecting some 1,070 people in the country, health authorities said on Monday – the sixth day of nationwide lockdown.

THAILAND: Thailand’s tourist island of Phuket went into lockdown, prohibiting the entry and exit of both people and vehicles until the end of April amid a rising number of cases, as health authorities reported 136 new cases to bring the total to 1,524, with two new deaths for nine in total and 16 were discharged, for 127 in total.

JAPAN: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, 70, died overnight from pneumonia caused by the virus, his agency announced on Monday. The Toyota group announced it will keep its operations in Europe and Latin America suspended until further notice due to the impact of the outbreak and a reduction in demand.

CHINA: The National Health Commission of China reported that the number of active infections was 2,396, the first time since January it has fallen below 2,500, with 31 new cases (30 imported, compared to 44 a day earlier) and four deaths Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 81,470, among which 3,304 people have died, but 75,700 people have been discharged.

NEW ZEALAND: Health authorities announced 76 new cases for a total of 589 with 12 in hospital, and 63 people who have recovered. At least NZ$3.7 billion had been spent through a wage subsidy scheme, benefiting more than 580,000 employees, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

AUSTRALIA: The government has temporarily tightened foreign investment to cushion the impact of the pandemic on its economy starting Sunday, according to Treasurer Josh Freydenberg. The country has 4,093 confirmed cases and 16 deaths.

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